We had quite a few Members enter guesses in our “Name that Bird” contest. Unfortunately, Cardinals and Tanagers are beautiful birds, but would not be (according to the clue) outfielders on a baseball team. Outfielders catch flies, and in the bird world, there is a whole class of flycatchers. The red color of our little flycatcher even has it’s own name. Vermilion is a brilliant red. I have seen the Vermilion Flycatcher for several years now and finally got a great photo of him. Six Members either knew or guessed Vermilion Flycatcher and were entered into the drawing for a bottle of Newton 2007 ‘The Puzzle’. Now we just need to find the most gregarious and fun-loving Toscana resident to make the announcement. Sorry Ron- it is not you!!
Several Members did comment on how much they enjoy listening to the birds of Toscana each day and cited the Mockingbird as a particular favorite. The Mockingbird loves to sing and would be the perfect vocalist for the ultimate cover band- he can sing anything!! They sing loud, in any weather, and never take a day off. I have no need for a bedside timer, for each day at 5 AM a Mockingbird takes perch in the tallest tree and delivers a wake up call- I guess he is my Alarm Mock (with no snooze button)! I think the Mockingbird that resides near the driving range tee is the self-proclaimed Mayor of Toscana. He is either running for political office or laughing at the early morn golf swings. Special thanks to Mr. Flasck for getting a couple of great photos of this bird that is always on the move. So, on behalf of the Mockingbird, we are pleased to announce that…Steve Kabel will be receiving a bottle of Newton 2007 ‘The Puzzle’ from our Toscana Wine Cellar…………………rick